Custom Cantilver Shelving Compliments Akron Public Library Architecture

The recently completed Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, Ohio, features five renovated floors and three of new construction that nearly doubled its former size. Designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects of New York, the glass-and-concrete building, with its glowing three-story atrium, is a focal point of downtown Akron’s cultural, commercial and architectural center. Even the shelving was designed to complement the architecture of the building.

A big challenge was the wide variety of items that needed to be stored — everything from small items, like cassettes, CDs, DVDs and videos, to books, periodicals, special collections and a 5-foot-long Soap Box Derby car.

Much of the cantilever shelving was ordered in custom heights. The architects designed single-face shelving along the walls, so the library shelving needed to be sized to fit the niches. In the Children’s Room, a third of the double-faced cantilever shelving is custom height. Standard is 42 inches, but the library needed 48-inch high units to accommodate three shelves of children’s books. Spacesaver was readily able to accommodate this need.

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